April 03. 2015 12:00AM
Raceland students support cancer patients
By Katina A. Gaudet South Lafourche Bureau
Students gather around Shawn Whitt as others take turns trying to dunk the Raceland Middle School teacher. The event was one of many at the school’s student-initiated benefit Friday to help raise money for local cancer patients.
RACELAND — From the highway, motorists would not have guessed any unusual goings-on at Raceland Middle School.
But the school’s back yard was teeming with students who, if not for a significant event at the school, would otherwise be in class.
On Friday afternoon, they were allowed a little relaxation in the sun — all for a good cause.
Students, faculty and staff at Raceland Middle have joined forces to conduct a fund-raiser for a local cancer program that helps patients pay for expenses. School representatives hope to raise between $3,000 to $4,000.
The idea began after students in Tammy Autin’s homeroom viewed a morning news program that detailed efforts to immunize children in Africa against measles. That led students to look to their own abilities to help others.
“We decided we never do anything to anybody, so we decided we were going to do something fund and help fight cancer,” said Ryan LeBoeuf, 14, an eighth-grader from Raceland.
Students did not have to look too far from home for inspiration when deciding what their program would benefit.
Two of the school’s faculty members, Drue Uzee and Elnora Tate-Wright, have been diagnosed with cancer. That left students wanting to do something that would not only honor their teachers, but also help others like them who are fighting the illness.
Students quickly found an ally in their teacher, who found that one flyer placed in the teachers’ lounge had quickly transformed a classroom project into a schoolwide function.
“It blossomed from there,” Autin said. “The whole faculty and administration has been absolutely wonderful. They’ve all been very supportive.”
Travis Chauvin, 14, also an eighth-grader from Bayou Blue, agreed.
“We were pretty much the first class to get involved, but after a few days, it just came together,” said Chauvin. “We thought it would be fun for everybody to be out here and have a good time.”
Despite the fun students experienced from dunking teachers in water, tossing water balloons at one another and riding in a cart pulled by a miniature horse, they say they have not …